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Paul Brownlee

Hit .446 in college baseball and they will come and find you. That was the case for Paul Brownlee in 1977 when he batted his way to the Big Stick Award as a shortstop for the Fairmont State Falcons. The award was presented by Rawlings Sporting Goods in recognition of the highest batting average in a nationwide, seven region area. The .446 was not a big surprise. The year before Brownlee had hit .359. Brownlee only played two years of college baseball, ’76 and ’77. He was All-West Virginia Conference both years and was an All-American NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) in 1977. He was the second all-time hitter in the Falcons history. Baseball was almost a second thought in college. Brownlee went to Fairmont State on a basketball scholarship. He played four years for the Falcons, was all-conference in ’76 and ’78 and ranks 27th on the Fairmont State all-time scoring list with 1,453 points. In Brownlee’s four-year stay at Fairmont State the Falcons had a record of 107-18 and won four West Virginia Conference championships. The ’75-’76 team was the top team in the nation in the final Associated Press small college basketball poll. Scouts for the Chicago Cubs found their way to West Virginia and signed the former Tallmadge standout. Brownlee was in the Cubs system for two years before deciding he would make use of his economics and accounting degree rather than pursue his baseball career. He became an auditor at Firestone and later managed one of the company’s stores. But he kept his hand in baseball by coaching young people from Little League to sandlot teams. He continues working with young people at his Brownlee Baseball Academy. Brownlee is a member of the Tallmadge High Hall of Fame, Greater Akron Hall of Fame and was recently voted in to the Fairmount State Hall of Fame.

Inducted 2005 | Baseball, Basketball